A new film shows the toll of Colorado’s high country mental health crisis — and one county’s successful response

Tracy Ross | The Colorado Sun

Bode Miller is one of the producers behind “The Paradise Paradox,” rolling out across Colorado now

There’s a heartbreaking scene in a new documentary co-produced by Olympic gold medalist Bode Miller in which Grand County snowboarder Ben Lynch is driving down the highway sometime before taking his life while on a camping trip with his wife. 

It looks cold up there in the mountains, a little gray. That’s the general vibe of the first half of “The Paradise Paradox.” By now, viewers understand the name.  

A paradox exists in paradise: Too many people living in Colorado ski towns suffer with mental health problems, including a staggering number who’ve died by suicide in recent years, when it seemed like they should be having the time of their lives. 

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